Sunday will see one of the most eagerly awaited fixtures on the annual calendar take place in Santry Demesne, hosted by Clonliffe Harriers, the national cross country championships. With the cancellation of the 2020 nationals this year’s event is even more eagerly awaited and of course throw into the mix the fact that the race acts as a trial for the international teams that will contest the European cross-country Championships in Abbottstown on December 12, it has all the hallmarks of an epic day.
This is also the first national cross country since the very sad passing of many Clonliffe Harriers in particular our club captain Joe Cooper. In honour and memory of Joe the Clonliffe teams competing on Sunday will wear ribbons in support of Leukaemia Awareness. We will also of course remember Jerry Kiernan, Christy Brady, Tommy Coyle and all other members of the Clonliffe family who have left us since we last gathered for nationals.
The clubs teams competing on Sunday are:
Senior men A: Sergiu Ciobanu, Ian Guiden, Ben Guiden, Sean O’Leary, Mark Kenneally, David Fitzmaurice, Jonny Whan, Tudor Mircea
Senior men B: Stephen Cashin, Brian MacMahon, Mark McDonald, Eoin Taggart, Tom Sherlock, Karl Nolan, Sean Doran, Liam Roarty
Senior Women: Jenny Johnston, Laura Tuite, Kate Hawkshaw, Sarah Hawkshaw, Megan O’Keeffe, Ailish Malone, Clodagh Galvin, Alannah Cooley
Junior men A: Niall Carbery, Ronan Donohue, Sean Boyne, Darren O’Dwyer, Sean Kay, Sam Murray, Dermot Buckley, Cian Murray
Junior men B: Cillian Keegan, Jonathan Fitzsimons, Jack Woods, Andrew Gaffney, Cian Whelan, Eoin Byrne, Daragh Carter
Junior women: Sarah Bateson, Abbie Sheehy, Naoise Cullen, Aimee Daly, Amy Sheehy, Grace Twomey, Katie Halpin, Lara Gallaher
U/16 Girls: Hazel Kenny, Sorcha O’Connor, Rebecca Walsh, Kate Faherty, Sarah McDonnell, Ava Usanova
U/16 boys: Sean Cronin, Lorcan Benjacar, Devan Morrissey, Tom Breslin, Oran McGowan, Matei Ursachi
U/18 boys (incorporated in the Junior men): Sean Boyne, Ronan Donohue, Andrew Gaffney, Sam Murray, Cillian Keegan, Jonathan Fitzsimons
Once again we remind all that there is no parking in Morton Stadium, all available parking in the stadium is required for the officials and volunteers without whom the event could not take place. We will also remind spectators that the organisers have made this event a ticket only event, tickets must be purchased online in advance (see www.athleticsireland.ie)